Monday, March 7, 2016

Dreaming of Faeries.....

Hello again, everyone: I have a new card to share with you that I finished yesterday, I didn't have the chance to post it because my daughter borrowed my camera on Saturday and I didn't get it back until yesterday late afternoon so, here is this card I made with another one of my beautiful Fairy images that my dear Aunt gifted me with a couple of years ago. Now I know they are from a company called "Sweet Pea Rubber Stamps" that sadly closed it's doors last November. I feel immensely fortunate to own over 20 plain rubber stamps my aunt found at a thrift store, dirty, stained, unloved in a plain cardboard box for $10.00, I washed each one and when I started inking them up, I was blown away by the beauty of this images, here is one of them. I'm linking this card to the Can You CAS(E) it? sketch challenge.

As you can see, this is just a gorgeous image, I can't imagine anybody tossing this away, they are incredibly beautiful, all of them. I inked up this tiny Fairy with Stazon Jet Black ind and stamped it onto a panel of Canson water color paper and colored with my aqua painter and SU markers, I also added some shadows and highlights with Prismacolor pencils. 
The sketch called for a circle and this image was a bit bigger than the second biggest die on this set so I did the Out of the Box Technique to be able to use the beautiful stems of this roses, it was a bit difficult to cut them because they are so thin and this is water color paper but they came out great. The two leaves were cut out of the image because the stem was way to thin, it was really just a line so I figure it would be better to cut them, color them and snip them out and then, glue them to the stem, this also worked great. The sentiments are from a Power Poppy set called Sassy Succulents .
Here is a close up of this lovely little creature, one I wish I could find in my rose bushes one warm Summer afternoon, how about you?

 I added a bit of Crystal Effects to the dew on the roses, I love that drop that it's about to fall, seems to me she wants it to maybe drink it, so sweet. I also added Wink of Stella to her wings and her dress, after all, Fairies are covered in Fairy Dust, right?
Here is a picture of the finished inside.

Very fitting sentiment from a Flourishes set called "Orchids", the little basket of flowers is from another Flourishes set called Around the Arbor", the pattern paper on the front and inside is from Lili of the Valley.
Here is the sketch that inspired this card.
Here are the pictures of the stamps I used, just so you know how they look like. This first one is the Fairy image, it was in such sad and dirty condition, with the rest of the red rubber still around it, all of this stamps were in the same terrible condition, I wish I had taken a picture of this box when my aunt gave it to me.

These are the Flourishes sets I used.

Thank you for stopping by, until next time, happy stamping.
Hugs from Maria.


AJ Bodine said...

Wow, what a find your Aunt made there. Hard to imagine anyone would part with these lovely images. It's sad when companies with so much talent have to close their doors. You created something very lovely with these stamps! (I'm a big fan of Flourishes too). Thanks for joining our sketch challenge this week at CYCI!


Maria A. said...

Thank you AJ, I know I'm one lucky gal, this images are amazing, all of them were so dirty and dusty all bunched up on this awful card box.
But with a little love and a lot of soap, I was able to clean them up real good and now, I'm enjoying them so much.

Sonny said...

Such a pretty fairy ! She is truly stunning and love that drop of water just out of her touch .
Pretty coloring !

Maria A. said...

Thank you Sonny, I'm so happy and lucky to have this stamps.

Patti Willey said...

Don't you just love Stamps! I don't know what it is about stamps, I'm just drawn to them and the creativity just flows, well hopefully! Nicely done Maria!

Mary Fish said...

Amazing! Reminds me of a beautiful storybook!

Maria A. said...

Thank you my friend, my feelings exactly!! I guess beautiful stamped images really taps into the creativity and imagination we all have, for me, it's an outlet, I'm transported to a world of total bliss when I'm coloring. When it comes to images like this gorgeous Fairies, my mind just wonders off.

Maria A. said...

Thank you Mary, this little creatures live in Fairy Tale places and I'm there when I sit and give them color.

Terri said...

Great take on the sketch Maria! Thanks for joining us this week at CYCI!

Maria A. said...

Thank you Terri, the sketch was really fabulous for this sweet image.

Dawn Fields said...

Maria, lovely card! Love the fairy stamp and you colored it beautifully. Thanks for joining us at Can You Case It...Dawn

Maria A. said...

Thank you Dawn, the sketch was just perfect for this image.